STEM workshops underway this school holidays

Saturday’s first STEM workshop in action at Tauranga’s Base Station. Photo/Supplied.

With the school holidays now under way, StemWana Trust is welcoming in members of the community for a set of workshops involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

October 3rd was due to be the day Durham Street in Tauranga’s CBD would shut down and become a place of learning, fun and inspiration for young people all over the Bay of Plenty.

However, with the current Covid-19 outbreak, the annual StemFest has been postponed for the second year in a row. The new date for this years StemFest will be going ahead on December 5.

This new event, being held in separate locations around the Bay of Plenty, is part of ‘STEM in the Community’ where the trust is partnering up with local venues and inviting local content providers and children from all over to attend.

STEMWana Trust project coordinator Ewa Saar says STEM in the Community was a side project that they have now moved to the school holidays.

“Due to STEMFest being postponed we decided we would run the project in the school holidays, but because of this, we’ve had to change the format of the event.

“We were originally planning on inviting schools to attend the workshops but now it is going to be individual families, parents and children.

“Everything is aimed at school aged children, from 8 to 12 years old, but of course we’re expecting some variety to those numbers.

“Overall, we’re aiming to reach around 400 young participants.

“Everything will be completely free and we also have Zespri who is partnering up with us and will provide a little kiwifruit snack for the attendees.

“We still have spots left for the Te Puke ‘Science at home,’ Rotorua ‘Science at home,’ Whakatane ‘Precious plastic project’ and Tauranga ‘Pumps, pipes and wipes’ workshops as well as for our morning tea.

The first of the workshops was held on Saturday at Tauranga’s Base Station and was considered a “great success” by attendees.

Seven other workshops will soon follow which include:

•             Whakatane "Precious plastic project" workshop by Envirohub Bay of Plenty on Wednesday 6th October:

•             Rotorua "Science at home" workshop on Thursday 7th October:

•             Tauranga library: "Create art using robotics" on Friday 8th October:

•             Te Puke "Science at home" workshop on Monday 11th October:

•             Katikati - Coding/robotics workshop by Cucumber and "Egg drop challenge" by STEM Wana Trust on Friday 15th October:

•             Tauranga on Saturday 16th October - "Astronomy 101" workshop by Tauranga Astronomical Society and "Pumps, pipes and wipes" water education workshop by Tauranga City Council:

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